Post by Nitaidas on Sept 14, 2020 22:00:55 GMT -6
I have a question about this title. It appears that there are two books with this same title that are two different books, but both in the CV tradition. One is by Jiva Goswamipad and the other is by Visvanath Cakravarti Thakur. Can anyone shed some light on this please? It does look like the Puridas edition is the one of Jiva. But I also have a translation done by Gadadhar Pran of the same title, but the author is Visvanath. I know there's also the one edited by Kunjabihari Babaji Maharaja and that is the Visvanath title.
Many thanks! Jai Sri Radhe!
PS - I think this title would be Pre-Modern Literature. Is that right?
Yes, Nilamadhavadasji, there are two works of this title, one by Sri Jiva and the other by Visvanatha Cakravartin.
The one more commonly known is that by Visvanatha. Here is how Sri Jiva's is described in a work on Sri Jiva:
of Jiva Gosvasmin, though a poem in form but a theological gist in nature, deals with the eternal divine sport (nityalila--prakata and aprakata) of Krsna at Vrndavana.
According to the author, Krsna is the kalpadruma or the heavenly tree fabled to fulfill all desires. The roots are the lilas of Krsna like birth, etc. The trunk is his eternal sports and the fruit is the obtainment of divine love. The work is divided into four parts, namely, Janmadilila, Nityalila, Sarvartulila (sports in all seasons), and Phalanispatti (the ripeness of the result). The first contains two hundred and seventy-five verses. It states in the form of praise the incident of Krsna's birth and other allied subjects. The second part contains a total number of three hundred fifteen verses. It deals with the eternal sports of Krsna with the people of Vraja. It has been said here that Krsna made divine sport with Radha, the foremost beloved, alone for a long period during the Rasalila. Other ports with the Gopis like tending and milking of cows, bath, evening entertainments were also summarily discussed.
The third part describes in a conversational form between Radha and Krsna the effects of the various seasons. The fourth and last part contains only ten verses in which the united form (yugalamurti) of Radha and Krsna has been eulogised. S.K. De thinks "But it would be proper to regard it as a metrical doctrinarian treatise rather than as a poem in the real sense."
from Jiva Gosvamin
by Asoke Chatterjee Sastri, p. 74. (Calcutta: The Asiatic Society, 1996)
राधे श्याम गौर !